Researcher

Dr Duong Thuy Tran

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Biography

I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health. I had undergraduate medical training in Vietnam and postgraduate studies in epidemiology and international public health in Australia. Recently, I completed a graduate certificate in university learning and teaching.

Over the last decade, I have developed expertise in using routinely collected data to investigate the utilisation of health...view more

I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health. I had undergraduate medical training in Vietnam and postgraduate studies in epidemiology and international public health in Australia. Recently, I completed a graduate certificate in university learning and teaching.

Over the last decade, I have developed expertise in using routinely collected data to investigate the utilisation of health services and associated health outcomes, quality of chronic disease management, and safety of medicines in pregnancy.

Currently, I am involved in the development of the 'Join Us' register, the first Australian electronic research register for people aged 18 years or over who are interested in taking part in health research. The 'Join Us' register will engage Australian adults in health and medical research in a timely manner.

I have also been supervising student research projects and teaching in UNSW Health Data Science postgraduate programs.


My Grants

2018: Small shared grant scheme, funded through the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing (CREMA). Leveraging Australian linked data on medicine exposures in pregnany for multinational comparisons: Use of antipsychotics in pregnancy; $27,650. CIs: Schaffer, Havard, Pearson, Tran, Raichand, Zoega, Buckley.

2017: Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care. Rapid environmental scan and literature review on avoidable hospital readmission indicators; $51,830. CIs: Jorm, Tran, Havard.

2012-2017: NHMRC (#1028543). Pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation during pregnancy and the inter-pregnancy period: a population-based cohort study; $620,950. CIs: Havard, Jorm, Preen, Daube, Kemp, Einarsdottir, Randall, Tran.

2014-2015: HealthDirect Australia. Mapping the outcomes of calls to "healthdirect Australia"; $321,170. CIs Jorm, Tran, Gibson, Havard.

2013-2014: Western Sydney University Early Career Seeding Grant. Use of primary care and hospitalisation in older Australian culturally and linguistically diverse populations with type 2 diabetes; $7,500. CI Tran.

2011-2012: Western Sydney University. Enhancing evidence-based practice skills among nurses: Evaluation of teaching methods; $10,000. CIs Fernandez, Tran, Ramjan, Ho, Gill.


My Qualifications

Bachelor of Medicine - 1996, Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam

Master of International Public Health - 2002, University of Sydney, Australia

PhD (Epidemiology) - 2013, Western Sydney University, Australia

Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching - 2020, University of New South Wales, Australia


My Awards

2016: Australasian Epidemiology Association Mid-Career International Travel Award

2011-2013: Australian Postgraduate Award and Western Sydney University Top-up scholarship

2012: Early Career Research Conference Bursary, the Population Health Methods and Challenges Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2012: International Travel Award, Western Sydney University

2011: Best poster, the 6th Research and Teaching Showcase, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Sydney

2010: Cross Cultural Public Health Research Award, University of Sydney

2001-2002: Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship


My Research Activities

My research inspiration and motivation are to generate scientific evidence that will help guide clinical practice and inform health policy. I have contributed towards the mission of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health- "Maximise the productive  use of all possible sources of health big data in order to enhance the health and well-being of Australians and the global community".

My work on the use of medicines for smoking cessation and chronic conditions in pregnancy and safety of medicines on mothers and babies will inform clinical guidelines for smoking cessation pharmacotherapies in pregnant populations. Findings in systematic reviews on avoidable hospital readmission indicators were used by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care. The evaluation of patient compliance to telephone triage advice directly informed quality of care provided by Healthdirect Australia- a national not-for-profit organisation that provides virtual health services to Australians.

The Centre plays an important role in the national evaluation of the Health Care Homes program - a Federal primary care initiative to improve health and well-being of individuals with chronic health conditions. In this project, I lead the analyses of complex data sources such as electronic medical records, Medicare claims, hospital admissions, emergency department attendance, Health Care Homes enrolments and other sources.


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Dissertation, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

 

Prior supervision

1. Academic supervisor: Danielle R.E. Shala. Dissertation title: Identifying timeliness and factors associated with the completion of an electronic adult admission assessment in Sydney hospital (completed 2020).

2. Co-supervisor: Mei Lin Lee. PhD thesis: Factor influencing the use of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation during and after pregnancy (completed 2020).

3. Co-supervisor: Bilal Ahmed. PhD thesis: Utilisation of renin-engiotensin system blockers during pregnancy and the associated perinatal outcomes: an Australian data linkage study (completed 2019).

4. Co-supervisor: Lucinda Roper. UNSW Medical Independent Learning Project title: Algorithm for resolving discrepancies between claims for smoking cessation pharmacotherapies during pregnancy and smoking status in delivery records: The impact on estimates of utilisation (completed 2016).


My Engagement

 

Membership:

Australasian Epidemiology Assocation

Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology


My Teaching

Master of Science in Health Data Science: HDAT9100 Context of Health Data Science, HDAT9400 Data Management and Curation

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Contact

02 9385 0694